GCSE Design Technology
All students will follow the AQA GCSE specification in Design Technology. They will begin the course in Year 9 and complete it over three years. The course will end with an examination in Year 11.
Product Design is a mixture of practical and theory based work which requires the application of knowledge and understanding regarding how to develop ideas, plan, produce products and evaluate them. Topics studied include;
- System designing (input, process and output)
- Material Properties including timbers, metals and polymers
- New & Emerging Technologies
- Energy Storage & Generation
The course allows students to develop many skills which will benefit them in pursuing future employment in areas such as architecture, designing, product design and engineering etc.
This course is a GCSE qualification.
The course is designed to support and develop a full range of theoretical and practical skills used in everyday working environments.
Students will be assessed using grades 1-9, please see the assessment section for more information.
The course is split into three key areas
- Core technical principles
- Specialist technical principles
- Designing and making principles
Core technical principles covers a range of materials, whilst specialist technical materials covers a specific material area in greater detail.
Unit 1 is a 2 hour written exam paper with a total of 100 marks which equates to 50% of the total GCSE qualification. 20 marks are based around multi choice. 30 marks are based around technical principles. 50 marks are awarded for extended responses including a 12 mark design question.
Unit 2 is a 35 hour non exam assessment based around a given task. Marks are awarded for Investigating, designing, making and analysing/evaluating.
The course offers progression to an A-Level in 3D Product Design and university or employment in a range of areas.